Senator Rob Portman, Republican from Ohio, is very methodical as he paints Steven Miller, outgoing IRS commissioner, into a corner. It seems that Mr. Miller had prematurely “assured” the Senator that the scrutiny given to the various Tea Party groups by the IRS was not politically motivated. You see, Mr. Miller made this assurance before the team of investigators he sent to Cincinnati to ascertain the truthfulness of these allegations returned with their results. He also failed to consult with the IRS chief legal counsel, who claimed awareness of these allegations were known as early as August of 2011. The implication is clear. Regardless of the facts, Mr. Miller had a job to do: Use bureaucratic delay tactics and intimidation to keep the Tea Parties and their leaders focused on a conflict with the IRS rather than building a strong grassroots movement that will oppose the administration at election time.